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By Ellen Liberman, Rhode Island Monthly Contributor

After cramming two adults and three daughters in a two-bedroom apartment, Christine Jett thought the Dutch Colonial in Edgewood was going to be a step up. The street was leafy and sloped down to Narragansett Bay. The cedar-shake rental had plenty of space and buckets of vintage charm — including the proverbial white picket fence.
But in time, she came to think of that house as an enemy.

“I thought, I won’t be so stressed. Everyone has their own room. I’ll have a spot to study,” says Jett, who was working on her nursing degree at the time. “But I should have never moved here. It was my ignorance, and it turned into a battle for my daughter.”

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NLIHC: Solidarity: A Special Statement by Diane Yentel, President and CEO, NLIHC

Like most of you, I am stunned, saddened and outraged — by the terrible acts of hatred and intolerance displayed in Charlottesville this weekend, and by the president's shameful response.

Let's be clear. There is no moral equivalency between marchers for civil rights and justice and those sowing hatred and violent extremism in our neighborhoods and communities. There are not "many sides" to these events and there is not "blame to go around" for what ensued.

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RI Chapter of the American Planning Assoc: Rhode Island Plan 4 Health Convening

A workshop at the intersection of food access, planning & health.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Providence Biltmore

18th Floor / L'apogee Meeting Space

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Speaking Program


Networking Lunch

RSVP Required

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Office of PD&R: Worst Case Housing Needs 2017 Report To Congress

Authors: Nicole Elsasser Watson   Steffen, Barry L.   Martin, Marge   Vandenbroucke, David A.

Release Date: August 2017 (92 pages)

Posted Date: August 9, 2017

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WPRI: Providence will soon have giving meters to help homeless

By Dan McGowan, WPRI.com Reporter

Published: August 7, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Elorza administration is finalizing its plan to install 10 giving meters in neighborhoods across the city as part of an effort to help people in need of housing and other support programs.

Mayor Jorge Elorza first proposed the program last November, but the city is only now laying out a process for donation stations and an online giving portal, according to Victor Morente, a spokesperson for the city.

Morente said installation will begin by the end of the month.

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Enterprise Community Partners: Community Developments: Fair Housing Funds, Airbnb + Rent Increases

  • HUD announced yesterday that it is making $38 million available to organizations to fight housing discrimination through the agency’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP). The grants will be offered through three FHIP notices to support a variety of fair housing activities, including fair housing testing in the rental and sales markets, public education efforts, capacity building, and education and outreach. HUD must receive all applications for the grants by September 18, 2017.

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The Valley Breeze: R.I. Housing launches new home loan programs

By AMANDA LEVENSON, Valley Breeze Contributor

This spring, Rhode Island Housing launched two new loan programs, First Down and RI-Refi, to help home buyers and homeowners in the state.

First Down offers $7,500 in down payment assistance for eligible first-time home buyers purchasing a home in one of the communities hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis: Pawtucket, Providence, and Woonsocket, Providence, Warwick, Cranston and East Providence.

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The Valley Breeze: Lincoln Housing Authority wins national awards

LINCOLN – The Lincoln Housing Authority announced last week that it recently won several national awards.

LHA received an "Award of Merit" in housing and community development from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, a group that recognizes public housing agencies that are using programs to address community needs, according to a release.

NAHRO focuses on several areas for these annual awards, including affordable housing, administration innovation, community revitalization, project design and client and resident services, the release said.

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Enterprise Community Partners: Community Developments: Affordable Housing Hearing, Homes for Elderly People

  • Today the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on "America's Affordable Housing Crisis: Challenges and Solutions." In a bipartisan show of support for affordable housing, members of the committee from both sides of the aisle acknowledged the need for more affordable housing and the role of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) as our nation’s primary tool for increasing the supply. The Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (S. 548) featured prominently in the discussion, and there were numerous comments from witnesses as well as members of the committee about the need to strengthen and expand the Housing Credit.

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The Rules and Regulations Governing the Building Homes Rhode Island Program is to provide Eligible Developers with resources to finance the creation and preservation of affordable homes and apartments. These Regulations establish procedures and conditions for the Housing Resources Commission’s approval of this financing.

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